Young people who have overcome severe health challenges, supported others and achieved great things – including Chilwell’s Luke Titterton – are being recognised at a prestigious youth awards evening.
Broxtowe winner Luke has battled health conditions from birth, but he has always been positive, determined and resilient and is an inspiration to others
The 4Uth awards are a Nottinghamshire County Council initiative to celebrate the achievements of young people across the county.
Luke was nominated for the award by Julie Francis and Samantha Neal from Alderman White School in Chilwell.
Julie said: “Luke has attended Alderman White School since September 2017.
“He was born with a tumour that encompassed the majority of his body. This was removed by Queen’s Medical Centre at eight days old and left Luke with life-lasting conditions, including a tracheostomy and gastrostomy.
“He receives milk and water as a tube feed and will never be able to eat solid food. He requires 24-hour care as cannot breathe naturally.
“At five years old, Luke received an additional diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.
“Despite these challenges, Luke has always attended mainstream schooling whilst receiving extra support from teaching assistants, including all of his medical care and needs.”
Samantha added: “Luke has been central to guiding us in creating an innovative learning environment within school, which is an autism-friendly classroom that has been audited by Autism East Midland and endorsed by health professionals as best practice.
“Luke’s presence highlighted his individual needs and gave us an outstanding environment benefiting the whole school.”
Luke lives at home with mum Amanda, dad David, and older sister Yasmin.
Mum, Amanda, said: “We are all really shocked and didn’t think that Luke would win this award as he was up against a lot of worthy young people who have done fantastic things.
“Just 2% of children born with cystic hygroma survive, so Luke has overcome the odds and we are so proud of him.”
Julie added: “We definitely think that he stands out from other young people and, in his own words, he is very proud to be nominated.”
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